It’s Dinner Time!

February 1st, 2012 by Brigitte Leave a reply »

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the second DinnerTime event hosted at the Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford, to see if we would like to introduce the idea to Witney.

DinnerTime is a celebration of food, family and friends. The idea is to reclaim food in your community by making and sharing a meal together once a month, reducing the amount of food we throw away and maybe gaining a new skill along the way.

This particular event was a test run for the new ‘How to…’ guide to help enable groups to start their own community kitchens.

So how did it work?

3pm- 4pm Hunt & Gather

Bring food you don’t know what to do with from 3pm onwards.This could be tins you’ve had in the back of the cupboards for ages, spare vegetables, pulses, herbs and spices, left over apple crumble, etc. Generally, anything that’s edible and too good to throw out. (Sorry but we aren’t able to take meat or dairy products for reasons of food safety)

4pm – 6pm Lets get cooking!

Come and help prepare the meal, this is where the fun begins! Make something yourself, lead a group or simply give a helping hand. There will be plenty of cooking equipment and DinnerTime chefs on hand to give advice. All ages and abilities welcome!

6pm – 7pm Dinner Time!

Sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour; taste new things, have a natter, meet new people Remember to bring a plate, mug and cutlery – no one likes doing all the washing up If you have any allergies then please let us know in advance and we’re sure we can cook to accommodate you or even better, come show us how it’s done. Any food left over can be either taken away (bring some Tupperware if you like), donated or, if all else fails, composted.

7pm onward Film

Relax after a hearty meal with a hand-picked film, or get a drink from the bar and carry on chatting.

We followed the schedule, although the timings were a little out, and we ate at about 6.30pm. The range of dishes produced, from the donations we all took along and the ‘basics box’ Simon and his team provided, was outstanding.  It’s a very social, informative and fun event!

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